Mustang High School JROTC Student Receives Surprise Reward/Honor
(Mustang, Oklahoma – November 11, 2019) – November 11 is a day of reverence which is celebrated in schools across the country as Veterans Day. This is no different in Mustang, but on Monday, while presenting colors at the Mustang Middle School Veterans Day assembly, one JROTC Cadet, Captain Moroz, received a challenge coin from guest speaker Sergeant Brock, of the Air Traffic Control “Warbirds,” for her outstanding service.
“I decided to give the coin to the JROTC student to thank her for her professionalism and leadership of the color guard detail,” explained Sergeant Brock. “That is not something that is easy to do and I wanted to show her that her hard work doesn’t go unnoticed! The coin means a lot to our unit and hopefully shows our appreciation to the younger generation.”
What Is A Challenge Coin?
A challenge coin may be a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they might be given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members and law enforcement personnel. Modern challenge coins are made in a variety of sizes and are often made using popular culture references to include superheroes and other well known characters in a way that creates a parody. Historically, challenge coins were presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit.
Besides using coins for challenging, they are also used as rewards or awards for outstanding service or performance of duty. As such, they are used as a tool to build morale. Military officials occasionally give them to non-military personnel for outstanding service or rewards.
About Army JROTC
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. In 1964, Congress expanded the program to all military services and changed from active duty to shared support from the services and schools. As congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a JROTC program to "instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." JROTC’s mission, "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens", is the guide post for the program’s success. For more information: http://www.usarmyjrotc.com/general/program_overview.php For MHS Program: https://mhsbroncosjrotc.weebly.com/
About Mustang Public Schools
The Mustang Public School District covers 69 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 employees, including both support personnel and certified personnel. The school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12) and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.